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ehopper is offline Old Post 09-01-2003 06:52 AM
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Medical Jargon - What does "de-tack" and "throwing PVCs" mean?

I heard these during my angiogram Friday (coupled with a funny feeling in the chest). Anyone know what they mean?

WebMD (which I find the biggest and most useless web site I've ever seen) is worthless on answering this question. I can't even find a medical glossary on this overblown phony of a site.

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I dunno, Ed, but are you really going in for heart surgery next week? If so, please know all our best thoughts and prayers will be with you.

-John

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Perhaps you heard
v-tach = ventricular tachycardia

pvc = preventricular contractions

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http://home.earthlink.net/~avdoc/in...ythm/hrvpbs.htm

Don't know about de-tack though.

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Here is a link about different types of arrhythmias.

Best wishes for your surgery next week. Ask you doctors every question you want to, and make sure they answer. Get the information you need to be sure you understand what is going on to an extent you are comfortable making decisions about your treatment.

Cardiac care has advanced rapidly. Surgery is always very scary, but current statistics are overwhelmingly in your favor. Supporting not only that you'll make it through just fine, but that you will come through with your heart in better condition than it has been for more than a decade. It is like a fountain of youth.

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Yes, I am having surgery "soon". I think this week. But that won't be settled until Tuesday.

I've had a heart murmur for at least 20 years. I was told 10 years ago that I would eventually have to have a heart valve replaced. Well, eventually has arrived.

They took echocardiograms earlier this summer, and they seemed OK. So, after a stress test indicated something was wrong, I went in for an angiogram. But my blood vessels were clear. No blockage. So, the murmur and the valve were suspect again. I had a cat-scan on Saturday (I was kept in the hospital overnight) and that showed a need for the valve replacement and an aortic anyuerism.

This problem has been going on, getting progressively worse. It started two years ago, as I noticed I was out of breath, tired easily. I tried to start an exercise program in May, but the gym wanted a medical clearance. I went to the doctor, but I didn't get one. Instead, we've been doing tests and so on all summer. (lots of reasons it took so long).

So, that, in short, is the story...

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Perhaps you heard
v-tach = ventricular tachycardia

pvc = preventricular contractions



Thanks Tori. Very helpful.

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Welp, good luck Ed. I had murmers in childhood, but don't have them anymore. Now I just have "smokers heart" lol. Anyway, again good luck and keep us informed, please.

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We'll be thinking of you Ed. We're here if you need us.

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I prefer MEDLINEPlus at the NIH site

Ventricular tachycardia:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/...icle/000187.htm

Medline entry on Heart Murmurs:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/...icle/003266.htm

The NIH site is especially useful because it has a spell-checker. Hope these pages and others in MEDLINEPlus will be useful to you.

I wish you the best possible outcome for any procedure or treatment you undergo.

Jan

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Welp, good luck Ed. I had murmers in childhood, but don't have them anymore. Now I just have "smokers heart" lol. Anyway, again good luck and keep us informed, please.

-John



Well, my murmur is apparently "textbook". The cardiologist called his PA in to listen to me as a teaching exercise. I was so proud.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse by any chance. One of my pilot friends has this done and he feels right as rain. Caused a hell of a ruckus with the ignoramouses at the FAA but he says he never felt better.

Besides, If valve replacement is god enough for Ahnold, it should be good enough for you.

http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,974,00.html

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All I know it that they feel wierd. Here you are taking someone's pulse and their heart skips a beat. It's goofy.

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Assuming you hear v-tach instead of d-tac (never heard of d-tac), v-tach basically means your heart is beating fast, over 115 beats per minute. Sustained operation at this rate is bad But brief glimpses (like running or working hard) are normal.

PVC's mean occasionally your ventricles are firing too soon. The problem with this is, they fire before they are completely filled, making them ineffective. The occasional PVC is ok, its when you get a string of them or they are frequent, trouble starts.

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An aortic aneurism is a very nasty thing. They've apparently caught it early enough, though, as you weren't immediately rushed into surgery. My stepdad's mom had one a few years ago and they helicoptered her from a hospital in Ventura CA down to USC Medical Center at 4:30 AM on a Saturday morning. She survived the surgery, but still died about 3 weeks later.

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